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, the largest loss of life in the history of the united nations on a single day. the united states has been there from the beginning, and the military has been great, the response by the state department and aid has been great. i just can't say enough about it, and the people in haiti know it, and i'm grateful. secondly, i'd like to thank president bush for agreeing to do this and for the concern he showed for haiti. you know, before this happened, my foundation worked with the pepfar people on the aids problems in haiti and i saw how great they were and what they did and how many lives they saved. finally, let me say that i don't have to read the website because they did, but i want to say something about this. right now, all we need to do is get food and medicine and water and a secure place for them to be, but when we start the rebuilding effort, we want to do what i did with the president's father in the tsunami area. we want to be a place where people can know their money will be well spent, where we will ensure the ongoing integrity of the process. and we want to stay with this over t
the rhetoric. >> do you think, mr. murray, that barack obama, the president of the united states, his being in boston, him being up there on the stump, is that going to help? is that really going to wake up those who might think, wait a minute, we've got to go vote on news. >> i think it does. it brings attention to how important this race is. and what is at stake. literally the agenda of the president. you showed senator kennedy and he's someone who is strong in his beliefs and fought for it. but he also was able to reach out to the no child left behind and in certain areas. isn't it unfortunate that other americans haven't been able to offer that compromise that senator kennedy offered to former president george bush on issues of education and other types of things? we've got a republican minority that is really trying to obstruct the will of the voters and no one knows more about this than you do. where does the middle class and pushing all of the same rhetoric that dick cheney and george bush did for so many years? >> barack obama hasn't done anything to eliminate the middle class in ma
into the airport as well. >> there was the indication last night from the haitian ambassador to the united states that communication was very, very difficult with the haitian government. explain some of the challenges that poses to the obama administration, to all these agencies that want to get involved when it's very difficult it trying to find out exactly who you can talk to in haiti. >> well, the problem is you can bring supplies in but how do you distribute them? that allows you to coordinate first to find out where the needs are and, second, to have a system in place so you can get the food, the water, the medicine to where it needs to be. and that means getting communications equipment into the field, into the hands of people who can connect up with local officials, local public health authorities and local communities to figure out how to get the commodities that are flowing in into the hands of the people who need them. and then what you need to do as well is bring emergency generators in to begin to restore as much of the local certifica service as you can in this very difficult circums
for. the haitian prime minister tells sky news the death toll could top 100,000. the united states and united nations are reluctant to confirm that we're just now getting our first aerial pictures in. the united states has sent choppers now flying over port-au-prince. as you're seeing here, you're looking at some of the damage. again, we're told port-au-prince is the main epicenter of the damage where buildings have collapsed. especially dangerous these concrete buildings where the roofs themselves were made out of concrete cinder block. when they fall in they cause devastating injury and damage. in many of the slums, the shelters are mostly lean tos, flimy. jeff rossen monitoring from new york. year getting aerial pictures in, the first we're seeing. let's talk about the estimates. if you have the president predicting 100,000 -- >> one of the senators said 500,000. >> any way to confirm that? >> u.s. officials believe, of course, this is a catastrophe. i don't think there's any question about that. they don't believe the numbers will be that high. what's tough about this situation
threats to the united states be distributed more rapidly and more widely. third he is directing that we strengthen the analyst progress. denny blair will take the lead improving the day-to-day effort and the advisory board will take the longer term challenge of identifying and analyzing the intelligence from the broad universe of the intelligence we collect. that challenge is growing every day. finally, the president is ordering an immediate effort to strengthen the criteria used to add individuals to the terrorist watch list. especially the no-fly list. so we do a better job keeping dangerous people off airplanes. the president said he is going to hold all of us, the staff, the national security team, agencies, accountable for implementing these reforms. the security staff has been watching the progress. and are to report back on 30 days and regular basis after that and i will do so. taken together, the reforms are going to improve the intelligence community ability to do its job better, to collect, share, integrate, analyze and act on intelligence swiftly and intellige intelligently t
of the other agencies that are dealing with this unbelievable human tragedy. >>> the united states government has launched a massive recovery effort. america is doing the heavy lifting to help our neighbor. for more, let me bring in senator robert menendez. he chairs the foreign relations subcommittee that oversees u.s. aid. senator menendez, nice tough with us tonight. >> thank you, ed. and i wish it was a different -- a different topic we would be discussing. absolutely, sir. i know these are tough times. urgently what do we need to do as america right now? what do they have to have? they have to have everything, we are rebuilding a country right now, but as this relief effort has taken place what strikes you at this hour? >> well, at first, let me just say thoughts and prayers are with the haitian people and their families. many here in new jersey and throughout the united states. and what we are doing in the first instance, this is search and rescue, still with the hope and aspiration of saving lives. and those who are under the rubble, those who maybe trapped, as well as taking care of t
the politics of this in the united states are going to force this administration to draw down substantially before 2012. one thing i think is certain, we certainly will not have achieved lasting security change, if that's the case. what i do think is this, i think that by mid 2011, we will have a pretty good idea whether or not this strategy, the mcchrystal strategy, the obama strategy, has a chance of succeeding. if by the middle of 2011, which will be 12 months after we've gotten all of the forces or at least most of the forces in the theater, we've ramped up civilian advisers to around 1,000 or so at beginning of 2009 we've begun working regional diplomacy. if by mid 2011 we don't see any sign of change, then we've learned something. the patient was dead. president obama inherited a dead patient on the table. and we cannot rebuild the avenue -- afghan state. if that's the case, we're in a difficult situation. there's no simple, let's say let's all come home. pretend it's not a problem. more will probably not be the answer. staying on indefinitely will not be the answer. and quitting will
earthquake in haiti. it is a humanitarian disaster that has the united states president obama promising quick action. >> i have directed my administration to respond with a swift, coordinated and aggressive effort to save lives. >> that was the president just a short time ago vowing to provide all the help the u.s. can provide to haiti. i'm tamron hall with special live coverage of the unfolding situation in that country and it is quite honestly a desperate and very chaotic scene and around the capital of port-au-prince, the latest we're getting into msnbc. just a short time ago the humanitarian group doctors without borders says all hospitals in the port-au-prince area have been either collapsed or they are at this moment ab abandoned. as we are hearing from haiti's president for the first time who says he believes thousands are dead. the international red cross estimates 3 million people have been affected by the earthquake but it may take weeks before the full extent of the misery is truly known. and in about a half hour, we'll get an update from the state department and military officials
to establish a good relationship with the president of the united states because the united states is so a important to our vital interests, economic, security interests. they are our best ally and closest neighbor. they are our very best friend in the world as well and we should not forget that. we have established a good relationship. we have been working to align our approach is on a number of economic and environmental issues. i enjoy working with president obama. i do not envy him. his challengers are much greater than mine. they have so many more global responsibilities dain canada but the problems with the economy, health care, you name it, there frankly so much more. i do not envy his position. as i have said to my american friends, we are here to try and be helpful while protecting our own interests. >> you were recently in china. let's get your perception of the premier who seemed to give you a dressing down for taking so long to come. they are in very powerful players. when was your perception? >> we attend international summits quite regularly and i have had a chance to have
no one realized he had a visa to enter the united states which should have set alarm bells ringing. according to this official one letter was dropped from mr. abdulmutallab's name. when an employee cross checked his name against a government data base. this happened back on november 20th. had mr. abdulmutallab's name been entered correctly, officials apparently would have seen that he was classified as a possible terrorist and then the fact that he also had a visa to enter the united states would have kicked him over into what they call a 3 b classification. a 3 b classification would have kept him from boarding the plane. one letter in his name. the fact that the failures in this case have been narrowed down to that level of detail gives you some idea of how intense the security reviews have been over the last few days. in his remarks today president obama also vowed to redouble u.s. efforts to defeat al qaeda. >> here at home we will strengthen our defenses, but we will not seccumb to a siege mentality that sacrifices the open society and liberties and values that we cherish as a
going to come to the fore. i think independents might. in many states in the united states today, there are more registered independents or unenrolled or the states have different names for them. who are not affiliated with either party. and i think there are more people -- i'm not the only person who is fed up with the high level of partisanship, and i think, you know, there have already been independents elected governors in some states, some local communities are getting rid of party designations for, you know, races for mayor and city council, so i think we may see slowly perhaps a rise of the independents politically. >> thank you. >> hi, i'm from washington jefferson college. you actually already answered two of my questions, but i guess i was wondering, since barack obama already, you know, tried to enhance the role of the congress, by letting them do what they're supposed to do, do you think that he will continue this encouragement and have them keep doing what they're supposed to do or do you think that the criticism of what he tried to do will maybe stop him in the futu
prison suits. they're on $10,000 bail. >> bugging the new orleans office of a united states senator? what in heavens name do they think they'll pick up in one of these ridiculous offices? it's not even in washington, d.c. >> what was liddy trying to find out back in '72? you had the same reaction then. >> why would you bug the democratic national committee? they all blab their heads off to everybody in sight. it's ridiculous. we're hearing from david, we hope the right wing covers this. i'm sure the right wing will give this a little more coverage than the left wing gave the a.c.o.r.n. scandal. >> let me -- >> listen, i tell you, there was an office if they were going to bug, if they were going to continue with the theme they started with, it should be david vitter. you go after somebody down in louisiana who has a known problem using phones, particularly. then you go after david vitter. >> people are getting in the spirit. everybody's watching this picture of this guy with his pretend prostitute. here we go. listen to this. a conservative activist who posed as a pimp to target the commun
about that, to suggest that the president of the united states would then come out and try to use this in some domestic political sense and was somehow favoring -- i'm not sure of the logic, he favored the 500,000 dead in haiti over the one bomber injured in detroit in some way. i'm not following it. >> it makes no sense. and, you know, aren't we all appalled that our president would mount a rescue effort to try to save thousands, tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of people who are either dying right now or who will die in the next few days if they don't get help? you know, shame on the president for trying to alleviate that suffering and prevent those deaths. it's just a ridiculous thing to say. and i hope even his audience of dittoheads realizes that. >> you are dittoing naked, mad, insanity, and racism. eugene robinson, pulitzer prize-winning columnist of "the washington post," and also of msnbc, always a relief to talk to you under these circumstances. >> it's good to talk to you, except under bad circumstances. >> thank you, sir. that's "countdown." now to contin
an attack possibly here in the united states. we will have the breaking details just ahead. >>> hello, everybody, i'm david shuster live in new york. let's get the very latest on the situation on the ground in haiti. nbc's kerry sanders is at the airport in port-au-prince where a massive international relief effort is being staged. and kerry, what are you seeing right now? >> reporter: well, david, this is a makeshift ambulance here. americans are being evacuated out. nancy, who is from dallas, is among those who is evacuating out. first of all, your health, how are you? >> i have a pelvic problem but otherwise doing well. >> reporter: great. where were you when the buildings collapsed when the quake hit? >> we were in an eye clinic. >> reporter: so did anything collapse on you? >> oh, yes, a lot of concrete. a lot of concrete ceiling. >> reporter: how did you get dug out? >> several men finally took about two or three hours. two of our girls were completely covered. my upper body was still out. we have one critical, but she's doing good, getting good care now. >> reporter: nancy, tel
to the united states, for the purpose of interfearing with the telephone system operated and controlled by the united states of america. if convicted just of these charges and there could be others, the men face each a maximum term of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. senator landrieu commenting tonight in a written statement, this is a very unusual situation, she says, and somewhat unsettling for me and my staff. the individuals responsible have been charged with entering federal property with the purpose of committing a felony. it's time to call in richard wolffe, author of "renegade." good evening. >> good evening, keith. >> maliciously interfearing with a telephone system operated and controlled by the united states of america. if some operative, liberal, young liberal with a video camera, were alleged to have done this in the offices of a republican senator somewhere in this country, no matter how rinky dink the operation was or what color hat he was wearing, would they not have already jumped to treason by now? >> it's easy to look at all of this, and you hear about the r
that are due here, bound here for the united states and, of course, also that intelligence review under way to take into account all of the different agencies and, david, they're all going to meet here tuesday in the situation room after the president returns from his vacation. the president is going to hear from them in person individually. david? >> speaking of the situation room, people may be confused. when we report on events, this bombing in pakistan, 40 killed at a volleyball tournament, how does information go from the situation room to the president? is there somebody who essentially represents the situation room with the president in hawaii, who keeps the president up to speed? >> reporter: the president has a full complement of staff with him in hawaii. of course another entity that has come under fire here was created after 9/11 by an upshot of the committee recommendations, the national terrorism center, that is supposed to assimilate all the information and connect the dots, a phrase we're hearing again in the last few days as we heard after 9/11. all the information we're tal
the full support of the united states. we are working quickly to account for u.s. embassy personnel and their families in port-au-prince. as well as the many american citizens who live and work in haiti. >> mr. obama pointed dr. rajiv shah. dr. shah was sworn in to office last friday. the airport in haiti's capital, port-au-prince, fortunately not severely damaged. >> coordinated effort, focused very much on saving lives through aggressive search and rescue in urban -- urban environment for the next 72 hours. that will be the primary focus of our engagement. >> aid had begun to pour in. good morning, i'm andrea mitchel and we apologize for, obviously the technical problem was the wrong tape at the top of the program. as we go to the catastrophe in haiti today, the death toll in haiti may be far worse than originally feared. the haitian prime minister says that it could be well over 100,000 people. haitian senator went even further those numbers could not be verified by anybody in the u.s. government. haiti's president preval is calling it an unimaginable catastrophe. the national pa
of that country. as the united states an others make inroads routing out terrorists from afghanistan and elsewhere, they are finding a safe haven in yemen. john brennan, that individual you just saw there on "meet the press," he is the advisor here at the white house on homeland security. he had more to say about that incident and the larger terror threat this morning on "meet the press." >> clearly the system didn't work on that day because abdulmutallab should never have gotten on that plane with those explosives. every other day the system worked so far this year. we've thwarted attempts. but clearly the president wants to make sure we strengthen the system. it is not that the system is broken but clearly there are ways to improve and strengthen the system to make sure we put together various bits and pieces of information in a way that allows us to stop every single terrorist out there. >> reporter: david, the point has been made on some of these morning shows, "meet the press" principally, that in this case we're talking about the failure of the intelligence agency to share information. well,
. a large section of the united states is dealing with a record blast of arctic air. >>> plus, the manhunt is over. the suspect in a thanksgiving day family massacre in florida is now in custody. we are live with the details on how police finally captured their man. >>> also, it is a wallet-draining experience at the gas pumps. how high will gas prices go in the new year? >>> and the must-see movies in the new year. will a lovable ogre's return to the big screen be worth watching? >>> good morning, everybody. i'm david schuster in for alex witt. welcome to msnbc sunday. it is 11:00 eastern time, 8:00 in the pacific. here's what's happening right now. >>> but first up, al qaeda threatening americans overseas. an active threat has forced the closure of the u.s. embassy in yemen. the british embassy has also been closed. the suspect in the christmas day plane bomb attempt said that he got his marching orders from al qaeda operatives in yemen and today all 500 u.s. embassy employees there have been instructed to stay away until further notice and to remain inside their homes as much as possibl
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. >>> the president of lynn university is demanding the united states do more to find the university's missing students and faculty. courtney hayes, britney, and they are sending a letter urging the government to find each american. the president of the university spoke about this yesterday. >> i join the families of the missing six contain a call of the whereabouts of the missing, the missing family member whether alive or dead must be returned to their loved ones. >> we spoke to the parents of the missing students early this week. they are also begging the government to step up the effort. president obama father to father, please send troops to the hotel montana. >> that man is len gengel, father of brittany and joins us by phone. len, your daughter's 20th birthday yesterday. i can't even imagine how difficult that was but how are you holding up? >> we're holding up, david. i want to thank you personally for getting that story out there. you folks have been wonderful. the american people need to understand this isn't just about the six missing lynn university people. this is -- there's 100 a
not on the no-fly list. >>> new rules went into effect for travelers flying to the united states from overseas. all passengers from or traveling through 14 countries considered high-risk are to receive full body patdowns and have their carry-on luggage opened and inspected. let's bring in tom costello. the new rules took into effect today. you were detailing how intense the security was, even yourself patted down head to toe. >> i was coming in from brussels, not on the list of countries that are considered high-risk. but nonetheless, perhaps an indication of what you can expect if you're traveling from one of those countries or even with enhanced security in europe. they did a patdown from my shoulder to my toes and around my waist. they had my open up my belt. the officer literally took his hands and felt inside my jeans around my waist, only my waist, but checking to see if i was wearing anything there. once we were on the flight the captain turned off the map about halfway across the atlantic ocean and 25 minutes or so before landing, all seat belts were secured and nobody was allowed to g
that scott brown is the winner of the massachusetts united states senate race. again, this is an ap projection. the associated press projecting that scott brown is the winner of the massachusetts senate race to replace the late ted kennedy. again, this is an ap projection. norah o'donnell has confirmed martha coakley has called scott brown to concede the race. we're here in doyle's cafe in jamaica plains cafe. the results are not coming as a surprise to anyone who's been paying attention throughout the day. as america tries to absorb the news that democrats have lost ted kennedy's senate seat to the republican party. the next thing people are going to be doing is learning who this republican is, who has taken this seat from a democratic party that appeared remarkably complacent in terms of holding on to the seat. joining us now is editor of the boston globe. i want to thank you for coming on the show tonight, appreciate your time. >> thank you. >> let me ask you first for your reaction to the big headline. the associated press has projected scott brown as the winner. what does this
him in this effort. a lot of activity in the united states as this effort to mobilize moves forward. in florida, the vice president will travel with the secretary of state of homeland security, janet napolitano. visiting the haitian-american community there, and also an air base serving as a staging area for a lot of the relief effort, and in haiti, secretary of state hillary clinton herself now on her way to haiti. she intends to meet with the president there. rene preval. ed pret finally spoke with him yesterday by telephone after two unsuccessful attempts in the aftermath of the earthquake. an illustration how difficult communications have been and getting through to haiti itself, alex. >> nbc, thanks, mike. >>> and george w. bush and bill clinton will let you know how you can help. check local nbc listings. >>> as we've reported, there are between 2 million and 3 million people right now in need of food, water, shelter and health care. nbc news chief science correspondent robert bazell joins us live from port-au-prince. with another good day to you, let's get things from you in
while rescue and relief efforts are under way. the united states embassy in haiti is working around the clock to locate american citizens, believed to be in the country. a travel alert is in effect until march 13th. now, we have a little bit of an update here, savannah, from the white house. the president received two briefings this morning at 7:15. one was an update from the dhs, the homeland security department's national operation center, and then he got a memo from the national security adviser, which described just what they have learned so far. i know one thing, savannah, that they're hoping to do is get, now that daylight has broken, is get an aerial view of the devastation in and around port-au-prince so they can get at least some idea of what they're dealing with, since they don't have a lot of information from on the ground reports just yet, savannah. >> yeah. i mean, communications are basically nonexistent, so it's really hard to get a handle on what's needed, but suffice it to say, a lot of help is needed and we're told u.s. relief efforts are already under way to get t
the full support of the united states and the urgent effort to help those trapped beneath the rubble and to help with the humanitarian relief. in that effort, our government is specially usaid and the departments of state and offense are working closely together and with our partners are haiti, the region, and around the world. >> this is the worst earthquake to hit haiti in 200 years. joining me now from the state department is spokesman p.j. crowley. i'm sure americans are wondering if there's going to be international help here. what kind of communication has taken place between the state department and other countries in this massive relief effort? >> well, support for haiti is already an international effort with the united nations and assets from a number of countries. the united states and others will continue to flow systems to haiti. as rapidly as we can get it there for the united states we have put on the ground an assessment team, what are the priorities as we move through the next couple of days. as the president has said, our usaid administrator said, our focus is savin
about the airport situation. we know that aid is here in the united states. people are ready to bring in supplies. can they even land at the airport? >> that's one of the difficulties here. the airport luckily infrastructure wise is okay. the runways are okay. the problem is the control tower suffered damage and there's also an air traffic control issue as well. flights on a limited basis can get in there. that's good news the airports weren't damaged and they saved many people. military flights can most likely get in there. remember, there's a danger because you can military helicopters, relief helicopters, small planes in the area with very limited air traffic control. you don't want to see some kind of air disaster over port-au-prince where more people are killed. so the airport is open. the u.n. says the airport is operating but on a very limited basis at this point. >> jeff rossen, thank you very much. >> much of haiti's national palace has been flattened. again the palace was considered one of the sturdiest buildings in port-au-prince. at the top before the quake hit on the bott
osama bin laden blaming the united states and others for global warming. the voice is apparently calling for the world to boycott american goods and stopping, quote, the wheels of the american economy. nbc has not been able to verify if the voice is, in fact, bin laden's. >>> also developing now there is a growing chance that the obama administration may move the trial of mastermind of 9/11 out of manhattan. they announced khalid shaikh mohammed and others would be tried just blocks from the world trade center, not too far from here. at first new york city mayor michael bloomberg supported the plan but he changed his mind this week. >> the federal government could find a site that didn't cost a billion dollars, which using downtown will, and it will also impact traffic and commerce and people's lifestyles downtown and it would be great if we didn't do it. >> that prompted three other hig high-profile new york democrats, senators charles schumer, gillibrand to make their concerns public. last night a justice department official told nbc news that it is looking into contingency plans. we'l
the congressional budget office. in an earlier report it shows the united states will be running a $1.350 billion deficit this year. under the president's plan $447 billion in spending would be targeted. that accounts for about 17% of the total budget. the freeze is designed to save $250 billion over the next decade. and the spending crackdown would be limited to discretionary items, money for the military, homeland security and veterans programs would not be affected. this new effort to rein in spending comes as president obama and the white house redirects their attention to jobs, fiscal discipline and the economy ahead of his first state of the union speech tomorrow. in an interview with abc's diane sawyer, the president said he realizes that there may be a price to pay for making the tough decisions. >> i'd rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president. and i believe that. there's a tendency in washington to think that our job description of elected officials is to get re-elected. that's not our job description. >> talking points memo senior reporter kristina j
enter real property belonging to the united states for the purpose of will offal and maliciously interfering with a telephone system operated and controlled by the united states of america. if convicted just of these charge, and there could be other, the men face each a maximum term of ten years in prison and a fine of $250,000. senator landrieu commenting tonight in a written statement, this is a very unusual situation, she says, and somewhat unsettling for me and my staff. the individuals responsible have been charged with entering federal property under false pretenses for the purposes of committing a felony. i am as interested as everyone else about their motives and purpose, which i hope will become clear as the investigation moves forward. it's time to call in richard wolffe, author of "renegade." good evening. >> good evening, keith. >> i just read from this fbi affidavit. let me do it again. maliciously interfering with a telephone system operated and controlled by the united states of america. if some democrat, operative, liberal, young liberal, liberal with a video came
from across the united states are volunteering after a call went out by that nation's largest nurse's organization, national nurses united working on a plan to get the first group of health professionals into haiti. >>> faa put a stop to american flights leaving the united states to head to port-au-prince at least temporarily. there are too many planes circling the island and not enough air traffic control to bring them in. more on that story from peter alexander. how long are they expecting to keep these planes in the united states grounded. >> the faa right now to try to gather new information. we know it's going to last until 2:00 p.m. eastern time, right now. one of the problems is overcrowding at that airport. i guess the best way to put it, there's not enough people to get everything off the tarmac now. the military flights with generators, water purifying pills, medicine, they have the priority to land. at one point there are 11 flights circling the island, the nation with really no place to go. one of the fears is because there's no jet fuel available, there is a fear if the
by the united states -- by people in america and mostly -- but only a handful of the people working in haiti are americans. all the rest of the staff are haitian. there are about 100 haitian doctors working for partners in health. many of them live in port-au-prince and commute out to the various sites of partners in health. so many of those doctors are in port-au-prince now working out of their homes receiving patients in their homes. partners in health is now establishing a field hospital sites in port-au-prince. they of course need more supplies. but they are well supplied at the moment. and their central hospital, which is in kaj, a town that is not that far from port-au-prince but a three-hour drive has been receiving enormous numbers of patients. i was just told this this evening. of course they're not turning anyone away. they've taken the school within the complex and the church and turned them into hospitals, essentially. i was told -- this is horrifying -- that people, there are some amputations being performed there, necessary ones, people who have come all the way from port-au-pr
many different governments trying to help the united states greatly leading the way here without haiti having an effective government, you have to have someone, it seems to be the u.s., get control of this and make sure these supplies get out to those people. still ahead, more on the crisis in haiti. we're going to talk with an american doctor trying to get in touch with family in the disaster zone and on their way to help. >> plus we're also keeping an eye on the other news today. there's new intelligence that suggests al qaeda may be planning another attack against the united states. former homeland security secretary tom ridge will join us. you're watching msnbc. i've set up this simulation so that we, the donalds, can practice against the mannings before the big race. great idea. terrific. [ splash ] you just lose to a piece of cardboard. ♪ and over probably isn't giving results you want. introducing neosporin ® lip health™. shown to restore visibly healthier lips in just three days. new neosporin ® lip health™. rethink your lip care. >>> democrats in congress back at the w
that was -- we were able to help. >> a global response led by the united states. as american survivors jam the airport, desperate to get out, one graduate student with nbc's kerry sanders. >> i -- i was hoping i would die quickly instead of slowly, because i was stuck. but then they got me out. >> president obama mobilizes his cabinet, saying this is one of those moments that call out for american leadership. and he had this message to the people of haiti. >> to the people of haiti, be we say clearly and with conviction, you will not be foresaken. you will not be forgotten. in this, your hour of greatest need, america stands with you. the world stands with you. >> but with no power or communication, the people of haiti cannot see or hear him. >> nbc news has learned mr. obama has called former president george w. bush to team up with bill clinton and work on relief effort. secretary of state hillary clinton after canceling her trip to the pacific flew back overnight to washington. >> we are expecting, you know, a great number of fatalities and serious injuries. we know it's going to be in
position to be in as president of the united states. tomorrow night he has to say to the american people, you made the right bet. >> i agree. coming out of that he could be like bill clinton in 1995. he could show the country he really got the message that was delivered. >> both sides need to show we've learned a lesson, when we screwed up, when we were in large we blew it. >> wait for governor mcdonald to announce the republican party and eight years of horrendousness. >>> thank you. join us tomorrow night with a preview of the state of the union. lots of information to give you before the speaks right here on msnbc. >>> right now it is time for "the ed show" with ed schultz. >>> good evening, americans, and welcome to the ed show tonight, live from the nation's capital. hitting my hot buttons tonight. the white house is making a huge deal about a spending freeze. do you really think the middle class families care about that right now? or is it a job? >>> the fake pimp who brought down a.c.o.r.n. just got busted by the fbi for trying to wiretap senator mary landrieu's office in louisian
>> but that's about method and to personally attack the president of the united states, it looks like he's rooting against obama, rooting against the sitting president who is commander in chief. we have top understand that the vice president of the united states told a big fat lie. he's not telling the truth. he's emboldening the terrorist. i know that's a serious charge but look at what he's doing. he's saying that our president is weak, letting down our guard. a talk show host, fine, say anything you want. >> former vice president you don't say that. that emboldens terrorist. >> what's the proper move to hand they will if you're in the white house? what do you do to fight this sfwhak. >> i think the proper move is to absolutely call dick cheney on every lie. barack obama has done more in pakistan, stepping up the fight in yemen, since then doubled the support for yemen and trying to get rid of the unnecessary aggravation by closing down gitmo. the president is being irresponsible. >> gentlemen, good to have your take on this tonight. appreciate your time again. i've asked the a
learned the united states military is now distributing first aid in a massive effort to help haiti. the situation there is growing more desperate by the minute. but the race to get aid inside haiti is being complicated by major obstacles, most notably, the lack of infrastructure, the death toll now estimated at 50,000 to 100,000 by some aid groups, u.n. peacekeepers say more security will be needed as people grow increasingly desperate. >>> the opponent gone announced today as many as 10,000 troops will be on the ground there by monday. 40 search and rescue teams from around the world are on the ground already. >>> friends and relatives are digging with bare hands to help rescue their loved ones. survivors are flooding the airport, hoping to get a flight out. 450 americans have already been evacuated. >>> good day. i'm andrea mitchell in washington. let's get right to those breaking developments coming out of haiti. president obama is expected to make a statement any moment from the diplomatic reception room. see the platform, podium there for him on the response to the crisis. nbc
from a different time. >> i think that's the issue. >> he's majority leader of the united states senate. >> i know, i know. guess what? our government is made up of people from all races and sexes. >> and people should evolve in their thinking and their terminology and the way -- >> you know what is sad? if he was talking about how barack obama -- >> that's the bad thing. >> we're going to talk about this in a little bit. >> look at this guest list. there is from mark halperin 'and john heilemann's new book. they are coming in today. we also have reverend al sharpton coming in, andy card, governor howard dean, john heilemann, mark halperin, mike allen, erin burnett. and andrea mitchell. you bring up a good point. some democrats were circling the wagon. what about so-and-so, when he said this? i would respond, people this is your majority leader in the united states senate, right now. in 2009. >> well -- >> and that's problematic that the guy thinks and talks that way. >> the only saving grace he has was he was speaking positively about then-senator obama, about his chances, about the go
months i have managed four major pieces of legislation through the united states congress, served as chair and acting chair of two major senate committees placing me at the center of the two most important issues of our time, health care and reform of financial services. i lost a beloved sister in july and in august ted kennedy. i battled cancer over the summer and in the midst of all of this, found myself in the toughest political shape of my career. >> you know, todd harris, it is a weird, strange world when a guy like chris dodd has to leave politics because of poll numbers and someone on your side of the aisle named david vitter who got caught with prostitutes, sex workers in washington and in his home state of louisiana and he's headed towards re-election. explain the thinking of the voters? could it be they vote on symptoms and are more angry about what is affecting them personally rather than what politicians are up to in their hanky panky world. >> i'm not from louisiana. >> explain his survival. >> he hasn't survived. >> he is headed toward it. >> he has a better connecti
really meant. but again it's this question of how do we handle people who try to attack the united states. it does sound more like what we think of as war. and that's their concern. there was this extraordinary scene at the arraignment today. it looked almost like a war zone, if you will. there was a security perimeter. there was a watch tower. so it's not how our criminal justice system is really equipped to work. can we do it sometimes? yeah. but if this becomes a routine thing, it's really going to stretch our justice systis tis. >> michael, follow up on your answer to alex using the phrase the war on terror. i'm not sure how i follow if that makes us any difference. how does it make us any safer if the president uses war on terror or war on al qaeda or war on hamas? >> as i said, i actually criticized both presidents. i think president bush called everything the war on terror, including the war in iraq, which dominated his whole administration. and in my view, that war had nothing to do with the war on terrorism. on the other hand, i think to put your head in the hand and not call maj
want the government to realize the message a that they are sending to every other united states citizen. when these kids come and they want to do mission programs and they go to their parents and say mom, dad, i want to reach out. i want to help across the world. i think that there's a real good chance here that the parents are going to say no way. look at what happened to those lynn university students. never came home. and nobody went there to help and we didn't give it our all. i think it is going to have a long-term effect on the state of our humanitarian missions in the future. >> john, i wonder if you might tell bus christine and how you imagine she is holding up and what she is thinking now. >> christine is a survivor. i think they are holding up fine. they know they are going to get saved. you know, all of these girls, you know, they are givers. they chose to go haiti. this was -- they could have done anything on this. they wanted to go. you know, they know they are coming home. we know they are coming home. we just need, as everyone said, we need the government to take over the
road in, and one road out. united states southern command has taken control of the airport but the sheer volume of supplies coming into haiti has nearly paralyzed that air space. the other main entryway into haiti's capital is through its port. that option is also presenting problems tonight. this is what the port looked like before the earthquake. here's what it looks like today. as you can tell from this image the port is nonoperational essentially at this point. three working cranes that have all been destroyed, a main dock now partially submerged under water. the haitian government essentially unable to respond to the needs of its people. it has largely been left to the international community to at least try to help. >> after suffering so much for so long, to face this new horror must cause some to look up and ask, have we somehow been forsaken? to the people of haiti, we say, clearly, and with conviction. you will not be forsaken. you will not be forgotten. in this, your hour of greatest need, america stands with you. the world stands with you. we know that you are a
-bound aircraft. the american and british embassies in yemen have now been closed down today. the united states government cites an active al qaeda threat. the suspect in the christmas day plane bomb attempt says he got his marching orders from al qaeda in yemen, an emerging front in the war on terror. we've learned general david petraeus paid a surprise visit to yemen meeting with yemeni officials and meeting with u.s. military commanders. petraeus says the united states will double counterterrorism aid to yemen this year. >>> president obama set to return to washington tomorrow ahead of a tuesday meeting with top national security officials on the series of failures that allowed the bomb suspect to board a plane, armed with explosives. joining us now live richard wolf, an msnbc political analyst. richard, the developments in gemmen are intriguing regardless of what's fueling them. let's go through the possibilities. general petraeus meets with yemeni leaders yesterday. today they decide to announce there's an active al qaeda threat. is it possible that maybe this is because general petraeus m
to speculate. >> if there are no guarantees that they'll be treated up to the standards that the united states believes -- >> i don't want to get into a public back and forth on something. we're just not going to discuss it. >> mr. brennan himself said they were in the custody of the yemeni government. is that still true, robert? >> i told christy the other day, i'm not going to get into that here. >> robert gibbs, briefing from the white house. he said, of course, the disappointing job numbers are something to take into account and said that the president will simply have his statement, no questions to be taken, when he talks about the economy in the next hour. right now on "andrea mitchell reports," president obama tries to pivot to the economy in the wake of another negative monthly jobs report. >>> labor secretary coming up this hour. >>> all eyes on the first public appearance of christmas day terror suspect, umar farouk abdulmutallab is in a courthouse, awaiting arraignment. we'll have a live report. >>> what is the political fallout from the president's administration's report on the in
and did in fact enter real property belonging to the united states for the purpose of willfully and maliciously interfering with a telephone system operated and cold by the united states of america. if convicted just of these charges -- and there could be others -- the men face each a maximum term of 10 years in prison and fine of 250,000. senator landrieu commenting in a written statement -- time now to call in our own richard wolffe, author of "renegade." good evening. i just read from this fbi affidavit. maliciously interfering with a telephone system operated and controlled by the united states of america. if some democrat operative liberal, young liberal, liberal with a video camera were alleged to have done this in the offices of a republican senator somewhere in this country, no matter how rinky dink the actual operation was or what color hat he was wearing, would not the right wing echo chamber have already jumped to treason by now? >> if not treason, then possibly terrorism. it's easy to look at all of this and you hear about the ridiculous costumes, which seem to have
of action or get some sort of help in taking action against the united states? >> yeah. the saudis are very concerned about this, and it's one of the features of the area, nobody even knows exactly where the border is. some of the successes we've had have been through the saudis for taking this issue very seriously, trying to crack down on movement across the border, but it's even bigger than that because as you know there's also -- yemen is on the coast, the red seacoast, and there's all kinds of movement back and forth between yemen and the horn of africa. so it's a very difficult problem to contain, very porous borders, bad actors going back and forth, you name it, it's just a big problem. >> and mike viqueira mentioned the instability of the yemeni government there. how concerned are u.s. officials about the ability to -- of the yemen government to essentially crack down itself, or maybe even the inability to be able to take the resources of the united states and put them to good use in their own country? >> yeah. unfortunately, the central government controls the capital sana and that'
a phone call from the house democratic leader and he asked me to consider to run for the united states senate seat in the state of north dakota. i asked him very point-blank, is this an official ask. he says, yes, it is. i'm flattered. i'm honored. i can't say that i'm even considering it right now. >> but he didn't say he's not considering it. so you want to be sure to stay tuned for "the ed show," tonight at 6:00 p.m. eastern. we know that ed is going to interview senator byron dorgan, who, again, announced he will not seek another re-election to the senate. 6:00 p.m. on msnbc, the place for politics. >>> oh, he's back. rush limbaugh returned to the airwaves today for the first time since a heart scare sent him to the hospital in hawaii. from the sound of things, he's fully recovered. >> boy, am i glad to be back. and folks, have you noticed what happened? my first day back, how many democrats have now quit? how many democrats have -- five or six. five or six have said no mas. no mas. there will be more. we'll talk about that. >> oh, yes. rush limbaugh takes a break and democrats thr
for airline passengers coming into the united states from overseas, not every country apparently is onboard with it. some say they have to review the new measures before putting them in effect. nbc's tom aspell joins us now from london. tom, give us more specifics on which countries are wanting to review this and what are their specific concerns? >> airports all over europe stepped up security on flights to the united states. primarily with pat-down body searches. passengers boarding flights in sear yeah, leb zmon libya say there has been no real increase in security. now, airports around the world are considering ways to introduce body scanning machines to check passengers for explosive devices or weapons. there are privacy issues. the machine will somehow have to comply with local laws protecting images of children, for example. one or two countries on the list of 14 nations signaled out for special checks are complaining. saudi arabia and algeria and pakistan all say that it is an insult for their nationals to be on under suspicion. it is unclear what measures the united states will take
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